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Mona AUBIN

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  • Nom Mona AUBIN 
    Sexe
    ID personne I222215  Notre Grande Famille
    Dernière modif. 13 sept 2018 

    Père Marcel AUBIN 
    Mère Yvette MANAIGRE 
    ID Famille F90564  Feuille familiale  |  Tableau familial

    Famille Jeff STOTT 
    Enfants 
     1. Danielle STOTT
     2. Joey Jeff John Joseph STOTT
    Dernière modif. 13 sept 2018 
    ID Famille F90570  Feuille familiale  |  Tableau familial

  • Notes 
    • Joey Stott committed suicide on June 10, 2007.

      It was one week before his mom, Mona, was scheduled to run in her second Manitoba Marathon. It was also one week before what would have been Joey's 25th birthday.

      "Instead of attending his birthday (party), we attended his funeral," Mona said through tears earlier this week. "I was going to run (in the marathon). His funeral was at 2 o'clock, and it takes me four hours and 20 minutes to run a marathon. I could do it. People thought I was ridiculous. I didn't run it."

      But that doesn't mean Stott has stopped running. Far from it, in fact.

      The 46-year-old wife and mother is the driving force behind the Imagine Run, also known as the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon. The second annual edition will take place Saturday, Sept. 26, in her hometown of Niverville.

      The full day of activity, which is a lot more than just a half marathon and a 10 km fun run or walk, raises money and awareness for the Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba. Stott doesn't want anyone else to have to experience a loved one's suicide.

      "So many people are struggling, and struggling in silence," Stott said. "A lot of people think you should just be able to get over it. That would be like telling somebody who is diabetic to just get over it and not take their insulin, which would be ridiculous. This is no different."

      Stott and her 18-member committee, known as the Imagine Team, have structured the event so it appeals to everyone, not just runners.

      Last year they had skydivers, bands, an Elvis impersonator, vendors and wellness expos. This year there will be more bands, a play area for the kids, cheerleaders and a toonie barbecue, just to name a few of the highlights.

      The way Stott sees it, the more people who come out, the more people who will learn about mental illness.

      "Instead of the lonely runner going out, doing his run and coming home with his medal, we've made it so that he can bring the family," Stott said.

      "... Joey wouldn't have come for the run, but if there would've been a band there on a nice Saturday afternoon he would have come there and sat in there and he would've seen me come in."

      The feedback following last year's inaugural Imagine Run and the first unofficial event held in November 2007 -- which combined has raised approximately $70,000 -- has been exactly what Stott was hoping to hear.

      "We have a mission," she said, tears once again filling her eyes. "I won't ever get my son back, but when I go to the Running Rooms and pick up entries and people say 'You're making a difference,' I say 'Yeah, not for my baby.' And they say, 'No, but for somebody else's.' So that's our payoff."

      Even though Joey wasn't a runner and his mom was, it still played a significant role in their mother-son bond. When Joey would go home and see that his mom's running shoes were missing, he would get in his car and find her on her training route.

      "I'd say, 'I ran 18 miles today,' " Mona said. "And he's like, 'I could take my car and do it in a lot faster time than you can.' He always had something funny to say, but he was always checking up on me.

      "He would never run, but he always was a caring individual and made sure I was OK. So I had to do this run. I had to do this run for him."

      For more information or to register, check out imagineteam.ca or visit any Winnipeg Running Room location.

      kirk.penton@sunmedia.ca